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bluegrass smoke
09-05-2011, 06:04 PM
My family is going to "The Jack" at the end of October. This is the first time we have ever been there. Crazy excited!!!! Anyone got any tips for us?:-P
thanks!!!

Rub
09-05-2011, 06:17 PM
Take it all in and experience the whole package. The contest is awesome, and there's a lot more going on as well. Great memories!

CivilWarBBQ
09-05-2011, 06:36 PM
Second to Rub's comment. Thinking of a couple practical tips...

Traffic into Lynchburg is lighter from the South, so look for a motel in Fayetteville first instead of Tullahoma.

BBQ branded goods are marked down to half price in the JD stores after the event ends, so if you are staying the weekend you can save a lot by holding off on souvenir purchases until Sunday afternoon.

pigmaker23
09-05-2011, 07:07 PM
Take the tour,at least once, eat at Miss Mary Bobo's if you can, make reservations now ! stop by our site and say hello :-P

JD McGee
09-05-2011, 09:08 PM
Take the tour,at least once, eat at Miss Mary Bobo's if you can, make reservations now ! stop by our site and say hello :-P

Ditto...^^^...:thumb:

Diva Q
09-05-2011, 10:36 PM
Stop by and say hi! Have fun. Pack boots (it can sometimes be very muddy). There are great antique shops in the village as well as the Jack store & Mrs. Mary Bobo's

esselle
09-06-2011, 02:25 AM
Miss Mary Bobo's is a must, as is the distillery tour, lunch at the BBQ Caboose. Enjoy!

Sledneck
09-06-2011, 07:51 AM
Don't eat at the pizza place in the town square.....

rweller
09-06-2011, 09:35 AM
Read Rod Gray (pellet Envy) article on first timers at the Jack. I think its on his website. I know he just reposted it somewhere the other day. A lot of good information for first timers at the Jack.

atvalaska
09-06-2011, 10:36 AM
Ditto...^^^...:thumb: yup same as these two.....

YankeeBBQ
09-06-2011, 10:59 AM
Get a pork chop sandwich at Woodard's Market

Jorge
09-06-2011, 12:13 PM
Get a pork chop sandwich at Woodard's Market

and wear a fire suit if you stop by ISS!!! on Thursday night and Charlie isn't happy with the fire going in the pit!:laugh:

CBQ
09-06-2011, 12:39 PM
and wear a fire suit if you stop by ISS!!! on Thursday night and Charlie isn't happy with the fire going in the pit!:laugh:

Maybe he didn't push the button right? :becky:

Brew-B-Q
09-06-2011, 12:52 PM
How big are the cooking sites? Is a 20x40 available for teams without RVs? We'll be bringing a camping tent and hope to be able to sleep on or near our site.

Sledneck
09-06-2011, 01:06 PM
How big are the cooking sites? Is a 20x40 available for teams without RVs? We'll be bringing a camping tent and hope to be able to sleep on or near our site.

I will tell yo what happened to me in 09'. I told them a reg 20 x20 was fine. When I got there they gave me a 10x40 that was curved, half way in the pathway on the edge of the track. I refused it so they gave me a spot out back parking lot separated from the main contest by a ball field. My spot was I will say 200 x200. Having all that space was great but I felt like was in no mans land , it almost was like not being part of the contest. Still loved the experience regardless and would do it again in a heart beat

Jeff_in_KC
09-06-2011, 04:04 PM
Don't eat at the pizza place in the town square.....

Why not?

CivilWarBBQ
09-06-2011, 04:16 PM
How big are the cooking sites? Is a 20x40 available for teams without RVs? We'll be bringing a camping tent and hope to be able to sleep on or near our site.

Be sure to let them know you plan to tent it, and bring an air mattress.

Some of the cook sites at the Jack are completely paved or gravelled; good for RVs, bad for tenters.

bluegrass smoke
09-06-2011, 08:50 PM
thanks so much for the advise
My wife is calling the restaurant on wednesday!!
thanks

KC_Bobby
09-06-2011, 10:44 PM
When you go up the hill, remember you came to cook. Not drink free Jack Daniels.

BasicPatrick
09-06-2011, 11:21 PM
This kind of thread is very helpful to us new teams that have the goal of making and some day competing at the Jack.

Lakeside Smoker
09-07-2011, 06:10 AM
Breakfast at The Iron Kettle.

pigmaker23
09-07-2011, 06:44 AM
ok sounds like a plan



Breakfast at The Iron Kettle.

ique
09-07-2011, 07:31 AM
Breakfast at The Iron Kettle.

Just not on the same day you are going to Ms Mary Bobos for lunch

Diva
09-07-2011, 08:29 AM
Just not on the same day you are going to Ms Mary Bobos for lunch

EXACTLY! :thumb:

Diva
09-07-2011, 08:31 AM
http://pelletenvy.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-its-your-first-time-to-cook-jack.html

Scottie
09-07-2011, 10:15 AM
Just not on the same day you are going to Ms Mary Bobos for lunch


Unless you're Joey Chestnut or Adam Richmond.

atvalaska
09-07-2011, 10:41 AM
we went to mary's on thurs last year for lunch....then on friday up on bbq hill after the parade...and had the SAME meal as we did at mary's :crazy:

JD McGee
09-07-2011, 01:12 PM
Mary Bobo's is filling up fast...we'll be there for the 11:00 am seating on Thursday...then to the Barrel Shop for our barrel head...then up to the hill for a tour of the distillery and a bottle of Single Barrel...hope to run it to a few of you farkers strollin' around town so you can sign our barrel head! See ya there!

Jeff_in_KC
09-07-2011, 04:24 PM
I'm just guessing the Jack folks don't GIVE you a barrel head? You have to buy them yourself, right? How much are they?

Vince RnQ
09-07-2011, 05:30 PM
Don't eat at the pizza place in the town square.....

It was a good enough for us on Saturday night last year.

Vince RnQ
09-07-2011, 05:32 PM
I'm just guessing the Jack folks don't GIVE you a barrel head? You have to buy them yourself, right? How much are they?

Expect to spend between $50 - $100 for a barrel head depending on whether you want a lacquered finish, clean/clear logo, etc.

They're great keepsakes and we have one, just one.

Gerrit_Boys
09-07-2011, 05:35 PM
We're traveling there with our 2 young kids. Is Ms. Mary Bobo's kid friendly?

pigmaker23
09-07-2011, 05:42 PM
Depends on how well behaved they are, I would say if they are under 5 not really the place


We're traveling there with our 2 young kids. Is Ms. Mary Bobo's kid friendly?

sfisch
09-07-2011, 06:57 PM
Take a couple real good medium black felt markers so you can autograph everyone's
barrel head if they will let you!

Rub
09-07-2011, 07:17 PM
Expect to spend between $50 - $100 for a barrel head depending on whether you want a lacquered finish, clean/clear logo, etc.

They're great keepsakes and we have one, just one.
I pre-ordered one in '09 at about that price. Then when we got there they had not only the traditional style heads, but also the etched ones with the JD BBQ Logo on it for about $30. They looked pretty nice.

luckyduk
09-07-2011, 07:41 PM
Take the tour,at least once, eat at Miss Mary Bobo's if you can, make reservations now ! stop by our site and say hello :-P

Is Miss Mary Bobo's a must? I am still not sure on who exactly is coming enough to make reservations.

Sledneck
09-08-2011, 08:16 AM
It was a good enough for us on Saturday night last year.

Sorry, I guess by Phoenix standards it's great pizza :tongue: :peep: :becky:

Sledneck
09-08-2011, 08:17 AM
Is Miss Mary Bobo's a must? I am still not sure on who exactly is coming enough to make reservations.

IMHO it's a must

Vince RnQ
09-08-2011, 10:13 AM
Sorry, I guess by Phoenix standards it's great pizza :tongue: :peep: :becky:

When tired, hungry and with limited options, it was much better than putting something into the microwave back at the hotel.

Now, you wanna talk pizza, we do have a few places here in Phoenix that work quite nicely. One of my favorite pies is a white pizza with garlic, clams and olive oil.

I'm just sayin'...

Jeff_in_KC
09-08-2011, 09:19 PM
In 2009 when we were there visiting, we ate at Cattywampus. It was pretty decent food best I recall.

Jeff_in_KC
09-08-2011, 09:21 PM
Is Miss Mary Bobo's a must? I am still not sure on who exactly is coming enough to make reservations.

Next to actually cooking at the Jack, MMB's is the thing I look forward to most! What I'm REALLY looking forward to is introducing my wife to all that goes on and makes up what the Jack weekend really is. I got to experience almost everything when we were there in '09 campaigning and partying. I look forward to getting to share all that from a cook team perspective with my wife. :thumb:

ALX
09-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Barrel head is worth it....This will be our second year in a row and if i remember correctly the times are pushed up 30 minutes i.e. chicken turn in at 11:30 am........

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/69alex/pequinandjack021.jpg

CaptTable
09-10-2011, 07:35 AM
Cattywampus is no longer. Closed down earlier this summer.

Phillip

Jeff_in_KC
09-12-2011, 12:03 AM
Barrel head is worth it....This will be our second year in a row and if i remember correctly the times are pushed up 30 minutes i.e. chicken turn in at 11:30 am........

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt85/69alex/pequinandjack021.jpg

Trying to decide if I want it completely finished and with our logo on it. Wouldn't be much signing room if I got both logos. Maybe I'll get both? :becky: Also, in looking at the program from 2009, they had everything pushed forward 30 minutes, not backed up. Chicken was at 12:30 PM. Has it changed?

QN
09-12-2011, 07:31 AM
This was the schedule in 2009 and 2010;
11:30 sauce
12:00 Cook's Choice and Home cooking from the homeland
12:30 chicken
1:00 ribs
1:30 pork
2:00 brisket
2:30 dessert

ALX
09-12-2011, 01:39 PM
This was the schedule in 2009 and 2010;
11:30 sauce
12:00 Cook's Choice and Home cooking from the homeland
12:30 chicken
1:00 ribs
1:30 pork
2:00 brisket
2:30 dessert

Thanks....I thought i remembered times were different...I just had it wrong way when i mentioned 11:30 am chicken when it was 12:30....

pat
09-12-2011, 02:40 PM
Do most people head to hotels on Saturday night or stay on site one more time before heading out Sunday morning?

QN
09-12-2011, 03:27 PM
Do most people head to hotels on Saturday night or stay on site one more time before heading out Sunday morning?

I'd say about 50/50 depending on the weather. Some leave right after awards to get on the road. If the weather is cold and wet more will leave than stay.

atvalaska
09-12-2011, 03:39 PM
I'd say last year, most everyone left .....we/ with a couple others, killed off a large amount beer and awoke to a damm near empty lot at 7 am on sunday mor'in .......

pat
09-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Thanks guys...I have a room for Saturday night in Tullahoma just wanted to see.

KC_Bobby
09-12-2011, 09:41 PM
And if you turn in really crappy food, you get on the road and arrive home before the sun even comes up.

smknwhlswife
09-13-2011, 09:06 AM
And if you turn in really crappy food, you get on the road and arrive home before the sun even comes up.

LOL!! Still can't believe you guys drove all the way home!


We left and made it to a hotel north of Nashville.

atvalaska
09-13-2011, 10:59 AM
This is the finished side (the front) looked so good that we had the teams sign the back side of the barrel head. :thumb: color kinda washed out on the 1st pic...the whole thing looks like the lower pic.

Gerrit_Boys
09-13-2011, 08:39 PM
This is the finished side (the front) looked so good that we had the teams sign the back side of the barrel head. :thumb: color kinda washed out on the 1st pic...the whole thing looks like the lower pic.

Do they put your team name on it like that? It's sweet!:thumb:

atvalaska
09-14-2011, 10:44 AM
yea,. its burned in,:thumb:

Gerrit_Boys
09-21-2011, 11:24 PM
So we got a portajohn for the Royal following recommendations on this forum, thanks everyone. Is it recommended to get one for the Jack as well?

ALX
09-21-2011, 11:40 PM
Yep.....:mod::pray:

ALX
09-21-2011, 11:42 PM
yea,. its burned in,:thumb:


be nice see you again....I miss alaska.....

Black Cat BBQ
09-22-2011, 06:27 AM
Yep.....:mod::pray:

Dont worry I ordered one, that way you dont have to keep visiting the woods. :shock: men are so messy....

got the engraved barrelhead too...:-D

Slamdunkpro
09-22-2011, 09:03 AM
got the engraved barrelhead too...:-D

Do you have to order that ahead of time? If so how?

ique
09-22-2011, 09:19 AM
Do you have to order that ahead of time? If so how?

Contact Lisa Matlock

Lisa Matlock
Assistant Store Supervisor
Jack Daniel's Hardware Store
160 Craig St
Lynchburg, Tn 37352
931-759-6302
Lisa_Matlock@b-f.com

atvalaska
09-22-2011, 10:34 AM
Dont worry I ordered one, that way you dont have to keep visiting the woods. :shock: men are so messy....

got the engraved barrelhead too...:-D........lol.......
BTW; That little creek in the “woods” needed further inspection from our spot to :pound:

Stoneman
09-22-2011, 10:42 PM
So much good info from all you guys, see you there in about 4 weeks.:clap2:

R&R BBQ Team

Vince RnQ
09-22-2011, 11:05 PM
So much good info from all you guys, see you there in about 4 weeks.:clap2:

R&R BBQ Team

Bring a surfboard. If it rains, there are likely to be some great waves!

QN
09-23-2011, 07:57 AM
Bring a surfboard. If it rains, there are likely to be some great waves!

Don't forget the "No Wake Zone" :becky: